mt9b00187_si_003.avi (1.64 MB)

Overcoming Endocytosis Deficiency by Cubosome Nanocarriers

Download (1.64 MB)
posted on 16.05.2019 by Jenny A. Prange, Simone Aleandri, Marek Komisarski, Alessandro Luciani, Andres Käch, Claus-Dieter Schuh, Andrew M. Hall, Raffaele Mezzenga, Olivier Devuyst, Ehud M. Landau
The use of lipid-based nanoparticles for the delivery of biomacromolecules has attracted considerable attention due to the current interest in protein-based therapeutics. Cubosomes protect the incorporated therapeutics, which are susceptible to degradation by enzymes, thereby improving their bioavailability, and concomitantly enhance cellular uptake. The cubosome nanoparticles presented herein were loaded with bovine serum albumin (BSA) and characterized by small-angle X-ray scattering and dynamic light scattering techniques, while the BSA encapsulation and its release were evaluated in vitro. The ability of this formulation to increase the cellular uptake of albumin by 2-fold was tested on various types of renal tubular cells and confirmed by in vivo renal uptake experiments in mice. The obtained results show that cubosomes are able to deliver BSA inside the cell through distinct uptake and intracellular routing. These data were substantiated, with evidence of a high cubosome-mediated uptake of BSA in Clcn5 knockout mice characterized by defective receptor-mediated endocytosis. The use of cubosomes as a delivery system thus represents a promising approach to overcome the low endocytic uptake in diseased epithelial cells and to treat dysfunctions of the kidney proximal tubule.